Sean Nicholls

Sean Nicholls

Sean Nicholls is the State Political Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.

Transgrid lease reaps more than $10 billion for NSW government

Sean Nicholls High voltage electricity company Transgrid has been privatised by the NSW government for $10.258 billion to a consortium comprised of a Canadian pension fund, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and...

NSW criminal court backlog costing taxpayers $60 million a year as jails overflow

Narendra? Joshi and his wife, Pravina, told the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday Purvi? Joshi? was

Sean Nicholls The backlog of cases in the NSW District Court has doubled in the past five years to reach almost 2000 and is costing the state about $60 million a year.

Anne Charlton, Labor preselection candidate for Robertson, reveals her troubled past

Anne Charlton says her past

Sean Nicholls Anne Charlton has revealed she had a run-in with the legal system while addicted to heroin.


Pokie gambling in NSW surges to $73b despite fewer machines

Game on for pokie machine changes.

Sean Nicholls The amount of money gambled on pokies annually in NSW has broken through the $70 billion mark as players pumped an extra $4.3 billion through machines last financial year.

Gladys Berejiklian seeks to allay China fears over Transgrid privatisation

NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian would not speculate on potential bidders.

Sean Nicholls NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian is trying to allay security concerns over the prospect of a Chinese government-owned company buying high voltage power company Transgrid, insisting the...

Chinese property firm Yuhu hires ex-deputy premier Andrew Stoner

Former NSW deputy premier Andrew Stoner has started a part-time, paid advisory position with Yuhu Group Australia.

Sean Nicholls A Chinese-based property firm that has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Australian political parties has added former deputy premier Andrew Stoner to its payroll eight months after he left...

Deputy Premier's $40 million pokies gift to NSW pubs and clubs

Game on for pokie machine changes.

Sean Nicholls Deputy Premier Troy Grant is preparing to hand the pubs and clubs that operate pokies in NSW a potential $40 million windfall under proposed changes to fees associated with monitoring the machines.

Bookmaker Ladbrokes fined for offering inducements to bet

Sean Nicholls Bookmaker Ladbrokes has been hit with a fine and court costs after being convicted of offering inducements to bet.

ICAC prosecution bill passes after NSW government accepts ALP compromise

Compromise planned to resolve deadlock: Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton.

Sean Nicholls The battle over Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton's push to clarify the ICAC's powers has been resolved.

Retail worker 'disgusted' that Boxing Day trading to go ahead

Retail worker Christine Graham says that having to work on Boxing day will deprive her and others of spending quality time with their families at Christmas.

Anna Patty and Sean Nicholls For 12 years, the only days Christine Graham could quarantine from work were Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Mike Baird rejects ICAC push for more lobbying transparency

Premier Mike Baird has rejected a push by ICAC for more transparency around government lobbyists.

Sean Nicholls Premier Mike Baird has rejected a push by the NSW corruption watchdog for more transparency and safeguards around who is lobbying his government after his department advised it would cost too much.

ALP's faceless men facing the chop in NSW Labor governance overhaul

Lawyer Aron Neilson is defending NSW Labor General Secretary Jamie Clements.

Sean Nicholls The number of "faceless men" running the NSW ALP is set to be slashed by as many as half under a proposed overhaul of the party's governance.

Government forced to amend ICAC prosecution bill in a bid to clear upper house

NSW Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton pointed out that in their recent review of ICAC powers, former chief justice of Australia Murray Gleeson and senior barrister Bruce McClintock said the change had merit.

Sean Nicholls A controversial government bill clarifying the ICAC's power to launch prosecutions to be amended.

Who's who of Liberal identities fight it out for state executive positions

Professor David Flint.

Sean Nicholls David Flint might be at war with Malcolm Turnbull over the Prime Minister's decision to dump knights and dames from the honours list, but that hasn't stifled his ambitions within the Liberal Party.

Legal challenges flagged in Ombudsman's marathon investigation of police bugging inquiry

Acting ombudsman John McMillan.

Sean Nicholls There are warnings that a three-year investigation of a bugging scandal that rocked the upper echelons of the NSW Police could be further delayed amid questions about the ombudsman's ability to make...

Lawyer says alleged 'I'll kill you' threat against Melanie Gibbons 'unfounded'

Sean Nicholls The lawyer for a man accused of yelling "I'll kill you" at Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons during a Liberal party meeting has described the allegation as "frivolous and vexatious" and said it will be...

Government push to give anti-corruption agencies prosecution power set to fail

NSW Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton says a bill that gives the Independent Commission Against Corruption and the Police Integrity Commission the power to launch prosecutions clarifies the agencies' powers.

Sean Nicholls A bill to give the Independent Commission Against Corruption and the Police Integrity Commission the power to launch prosecutions is set to be defeated with Labor and cross bench parties...

Revenge of the Falcon: NSW Liberals 'welcomed me with open arms'

Sean Nicholls The convicted drug supplier, whose friendship with Liberal councillor Peter Ristevski is being criticised has hit back at claims the party rejected his donation at a fundraiser.

NSW government set to pay $25 million for Metgasco north coast gas licences

Protest signs are seen at the proposed site at the Bentley blockade last year.

Sean Nicholls The state government has offered to pay energy company Metgasco $25 million in the latest bid to head off legal action over for the illegal cancellation of its gas licence at Bentley...

Walt Secord pushes for Medicare levy increase to bridge NSW health funding gap

Sean Nicholls Labor's health spokesman in NSW, Walt Secord, has thrown his support behind doubling the Medicare levy to help fund the multi billion dollar shorthfall in health funding the state faces after cuts to...